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(11th September 1963 / Rochford, Essex)

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The Weights About My Feet Do Not Stop The Motion of The Waves

The seagulls are muted and the sea crabs are close
Gnawing at my shroud
Bang Bang went the bullets and “Martyr” shouts the crowd

Was it a success, my life of populist jihad?
Was I merely another example of so many good ideas made bad?
Was it a triumph, my end in ultimate redaction?
Was I merely another example of the consensus of moral action?

I can’t judge, I can only be judged,
No doubt most will see my end as just
(Indeed a fucking must)
After all I did kill many thousands in a philosophical wanderlust...

What is sure is that one man’s quest for evil or good
Is only a single man’s journey
And that, love it or hate it, there will be another soon
Creating and/or destroying our humanity

The hawks cluster and doves are further away now
Admiring my christening gown
Whirr and flash go the fireworks welcoming the new clown

(written on the death of Osama bin Laden)

Submitted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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Terrorist killings are abhorrent and morally wrong, but then, so is state-sponsored murder. Ok, my opinion, but will the killing of bin Laden stop the banality of evil from surfacing in the Human Race? The Bad Men of the World, are of the World, they are part of Our Society, they arise from our attitudes and tolerances, and it is that fact that we, as a society need to recognise and deal with. Otherwise another 'Clown' will arrive, of whatever religion or politics, and spread the ideologies of hate. This poem first appeared on my website,, and is part of my anthology KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON (2012) . Peace Out.

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